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Issue #14-33, Aug. 18, 2014

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TOP NEWS

NBAA Welcomes Congressional Letters of Support for Federal Contract Towers
As Congress moves toward determining federal funding levels for fiscal year 2015 and begins work on FAA reauthorization legislation, aviation stakeholders are expressing renewed concerns about the preservation of 252 federal contract towers (FCTs). Fifty-five senators signed a letter imploring FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to consider "all perspectives" in what appears to be an effort to streamline tower operations as the agency continues to deal with budget pressures. A similar letter, signed by 114 House lawmakers, reiterated the Senate's call for greater transparency from the FAA regarding its intentions for the contract tower program. Read more about the call to preserve FCTs .

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NBAA Engaged in Latest SEC Disclosure, Tax Reform Discussions
While Congress may be in recess for August, the policymaking work in Washington, DC continues throughout the summer, and NBAA remains focused on issues relevant to business aircraft operators, including federal taxes. Recently, Scott O'Brien, NBAA's senior manager for finance and tax policy, attended a congressional hearing on tax reform, which covered dynamic scoring of committee Chairman Dave Camp's (R-4-MI) discussion draft for tax reform. "While NBAA wasn't at this hearing to testify for or against dynamic scoring, we were there because we know that changes in federal tax policy have real implications for American businesses," said O'Brien, who also recently attended a U.S. Chamber of Commerce panel on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. Learn more about recent NBAA activities .

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Exhibitors From All Sectors of Business Aviation to Gather at NBAA2014
Show organizers say NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) is once again shaping up to be a success for all participants. "Exhibitor participation in NBAA2014 is expected to be strong, with companies of all sizes, from all across the U.S. and all around the world, participating in the show," noted Maureen Cameron, NBAA's director, exhibit sales, services and operations. She added that the number of exhibitors and co-exhibitors registered to participate in NBAA2014 exceeds the number that were registered at the same time last year. "All the exhibitors that attendees expect to see at the convention will be there, as well as a number of new companies exhibiting for the first time." Read more about the exhibitors at NBAA2014 .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Growing Congressional GA Caucus Reflects Industry's Importance
Congress may be in the middle of its summer recess this month, but the General Aviation (GA) Caucus continues to attract new members to the cause of supporting all of general aviation, including business aviation, in Washington. Already among the largest caucuses on Capitol Hill, the historically bipartisan GA Caucus, formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2009, has reached a new record level of membership – 248 members in the House and 40 in the Senate. Read more about the GA caucuses .

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Company Uses No Plane No Gain Resources to Promote Business Aviation Benefits
The No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign offers a variety of no-cost resources that emphasize the value of business aviation to those outside the industry, and one aviation-service provider is using the popular Top Ten publication as a sales tool to promote the industry's numerous benefits to prospective clients in its community. TAC Air recently ordered 250 copies of the Top Ten booklet for its aircraft sales, management, maintenance and charter subsidiary – Keystone Aviation – to distribute to business travelers around the Salt Lake City, UT area who may not be aware of the advantages of using a business aircraft. Top Ten features testimonials from 10 highly respected CEOs about the value of business aviation to their companies. Learn more about this No Plane No Gain resource .

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FEATURED STORY

How Pilots Should View the Special-Issuance Medical
Among pilots, apprehension over a required visit to an aviation medical examiner (AME) can lead to unnecessary delays in receiving an otherwise standard waiver for an underlying medical condition. "The pilot/AME interaction is truly a trust relationship," said Dr. Clayton Cowl, senior AME and chief of aerospace medicine at the Mayo Clinic. "In reality, very few pilots out there – a 10th of 1 percent – are actually denied a medical certificate." If pilots are forthright and honest during a flight physical, they can minimize the risks of delays. Read more about the special-issuance medical process in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IS-BAO Program Managers Seeking Input to Refine Safety Standard Further
Each year, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a set of best operating practices for business aviation, is updated through a painstaking process that begins with ideas submitted by operators to the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the industry organization that manages IS-BAO. IS-BAO is improved and refined based on the input of operators around the world, said IBAC's IS-BAO Program Director Sonnie Bates. "Our favorite way to get that input is face-to-face," Bates said. "We also send out emails to the industry each year, asking operators and auditors how IS-BAO can better serve them." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on IS-BAO .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Dallas Regional Forum to Offer Topical Education Sessions
NBAA's Dallas Business Aviation Regional Forum, which will be held Sept. 18 at Business Jet Center at Love Field, will feature education sessions addressing issues of interest to business aviators. Attendees will have an ideal opportunity to obtain introductory information about the aircraft acquisition process, tax considerations and operational issues. The event also will feature more than 100 exhibitors and offer attendees networking opportunities. Learn more about the Dallas regional forum .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

Aug. 19, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Tukwila, WA
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Aug. 20, 2014
Nevada Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Las Vegas, NV
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Aug. 21, 2014
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Atlanta, GA
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Aug. 26, 2014
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Golf Classic & Scholarship Benefit
Blaine, MN
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Sept. 4, 2014
SONO Schedulers & Dispatchers Networking Event
Camarillo, CA
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Sept. 9–10, 2014
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. OSHA Training 
Oakland, CA
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Sept. 11, 2014
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Charity Tournament 
Dulles, VA
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Sept. 16, 2014
Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Assn. Meeting 
Seattle, WA
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NBAA NEWS

Interactive Panels Lead Off This Year's NBAA Tax Conference
The organizers of NBAA's Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, set for Oct. 19 and 20 in Orlando, FL, are planning a new approach, and for the first time, the conference will begin with a series of interactive panel discussions called Ownership and Operating Structures 101 to 103. "We're trying something different to start the conference this year," said Scott O'Brien, NBAA senior manager for finance and tax policy. "While we have certainly covered these topics at prior conferences, these three sessions will be directly linked together. The idea is to make clearer connections between operational, regulatory and tax issues." Read more about NBAA's Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference .

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NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown Builds Culture of Safety
Developing a culture of safety, and operating within it, is a priority for any pilot, but especially for those in single-pilot business aviation operations. To support their endeavor, NBAA will hold its annual Single-Pilot Safety Standdown prior to the opening of NBAA2014, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Sponsored by Textron Aviation and emphasizing peer-to-peer sharing of single-pilot experiences, the 2014 event will include discussions on runway incursions and excursions, loss of control, weather, air traffic control and the human-factor challenges faced by pilots flying solo. Learn more about the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown .

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NBAA Announces Winners of 'Business Aviation in Action' Photo Contest
A stunning image of a double rainbow encircling general aviation aircraft at a Florida airport earned top honors in NBAA's first-ever "Business Aviation in Action" photo contest. The first-place picture, taken by Bridget Cox of Signature Flight Support, shows the towering rainbow arching over several Gulfstreams, a Learjet and other aircraft at Orlando International Airport (MCO). Danielle Kavan, of Duncan Aviation, won second place for a shot of a hangar neatly packed with multiple Falcons, and third place went to Frank Frassetto of the University of Dubuque, who captured a sprawling rural landscape while flying in a Cessna over Wisconsin. View these and other Business Aviation in Action contest entries .

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Book Exhibit Space at SDC2015 by Lottery Deadline on Aug. 22
Any exhibitor that wants to be included in the priority lottery for exhibit space at next year's NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015), must submit an application by Friday, Aug. 22. Set for Feb. 3 to 6 in San Jose, CA, SDC2015 is the premier event to meet the professionals responsible for scheduling and dispatching business aircraft, as well procuring services for flight departments and on-demand charter operations throughout the world. Regardless of an organization's product or service offering, if schedulers and dispatchers are the target market, this is the best networking event of the year. Submit an SDC2015 exhibitor application .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Applications Due Aug. 22 for New Eddie Queen Scholarship
The deadline to apply for the inaugural Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship is Friday, Aug. 22. NBAA Charities, in conjunction with Signature Flight Support, has created this scholarship for undergraduate students in memory of Queen, a Signature line service technician who demonstrated a passion for aviation and customer service for more than 58 years. In Queen's honor, NBAA Charities and Signature will annually award $2,500 to an undergraduate student enrolled in an aviation management program at a University Aviation Association member school. Learn more about the scholarship and apply .

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CAM Program 2013 Annual Report Now Online
NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program identifies qualified professionals to lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. Now available online, the 2013 CAM Program Annual Report features a summary of highlights from last year, including the program achieving official accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. "The CAM program is the first certification program in the aviation industry to receive this accreditation," wrote Governing Board Chairman Scott Rose in an introduction to the report, where he also identified the the next big task for the CAM program: completing an updated job analysis. Review the CAM Program Annual Report .

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There's an Education Session for Everyone at NBAA2014
NBAA2014 will host dozens of education sessions covering a variety of topics. This year's program will cover safety, career development, buying and selling business aircraft, tax and regulatory updates, developments in domestic and international flight operations and leadership, as well as maintenance and operations sessions offered by original equipment manufacturers. See the full list of sessions , with descriptions and presenters, and register for NBAA2014 .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

IS-BAO Improved Annually Through Operator Input

To keep IS-BAO up-to-date, annual calls for suggestions are taken to the IS-BAO Standards Board, which is populated by members of the business aviation community. This ensures that this international code of best practices remains a product "for the industry, by the industry." Some ideas are technical, while others are procedural, noted IS-BAO Program Director Sonnie Bates. "But no matter where they come from, they go through the same process as they rise to the level of consideration by the standards board." Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

October 2014
Pre- and Post-Convention PDP Courses
Orlando, FL

Oct. 19–20, 2014
Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Orlando, FL

Oct. 20, 2014
Single-Pilot Safety Standdown
Orlando, FL

Oct. 20, 2014
Inspection Authorization (IA) Renewal Course
Orlando, FL

Oct. 21–23, 2014
Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014)
Orlando, FL

Feb. 3–6, 2015
Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015)
San Jose, CA

Feb. 24–26, 2015
Leadership Conference
Tucson, AZ






 

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